Dr Daphné Lemasquerier

Dr Daphné Lemasquerier

Lecturer in Fluid Dynamics

Researcher profile




Prior to joining the University of St Andrews, Daphné Lemasquerier was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Institute for Geophysics (Austin, TX, USA). Before that, Daphné was a doctoral student at Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (CNRS, Centrale Marseille, Aix-Marseille Université, France).

Research areas

Dr Daphné Lemasquerier's research focuses on experimental, numerical and theoretical modelling of planetary flows. She is interested in gas giants atmospheric dynamics and its coupling with the deep interior, from zonal, east-west winds to large-scale midlatitude anticyclones and polar cyclones, to self-organization of rotating turbulent flows. She combines experiments in fluid mechanics using rotating water tanks with idealized numerical simulations and theoretical models to unravel physical processes underlying Jupiter's dynamics.

Dr Daphné Lemasquerier also uses global direct numerical simulations to model the dynamics of the oceans hidden beneath the ice crust of some of Jupiter and Saturn icy moons. She studies to what extent the convecting ocean can thermally and dynamically couple the rocky interior of these moons with their ice crust, and how this can help to interpret future observations from Europa Clipper and JUICE missions (NASA and ESA, respectively).

See her personal website for more information.

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